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Envy & Deceit in The Great Gatsby
Transcript of Envy & Deceit in The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby Novel by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Presented by: Carrie A. Wilson Common Goals Achieve wealthy status
Maintain a constant flow of money that will satisfy both needs and wants
The "Eggs" (East vs. West) Be distanced as much as possible from those of lower status Sensationalize news to make oneself
seem more interesting (debatable) Be knowledgeable of all gossip Reasons for Lying 1. To achieve the aforementioned goals 2. Flattery 3. Forced ignorance upon oneself or others to ameliorate the pain of the truth 4. To make interesting the lives of those who seem boring or any otherwise boring events 5. To attempt to justify already sinful situations 6. It is habitual 7. To avoid status-threatening scandal 8. To save the life of another Sources of Envy Infidelity resulting in multiple relationships Desire to be of higher status Avarice Nick Carraway "Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known." pg. 59 "'I'm thirty,' I said. 'I'm five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor.'" pg. 177 "I lived at West Egg, the--well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them." pg. 5 Envy Deceit Tom Buchanan's Affair Deceit Envy "'Wilson? He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York. He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive.'" pg. 26 "'I've got my wife locked in up there,' explained Wilson calmly. 'She's going to stay there till the day after to-morrow, and then we're going to move away.'" pg.136 Daisy's Love Affair with Jay Gatsby Envy Deceit Both can be seen in the dialogue on page 119 of the novel. Discussion Questions: To what extent can Daisy's wish to get back with Jay Gatsby be seen as something other than an affair using the following criteria:
She had loved him all along.
She had changed her mind just before her wedding with Tom Buchanan.
It seemed more like she was settling into a lifestyle with Tom instead of marrying for love.
Tom had notably cheated on her twice. What decisive role did Deceit and Envy play in the novel in the events leading up to the climax of Jay Gatsby being murdered? If one character were to have been as virtuously honest as Nick Carraway, how would this have changed the course of events in the novel? (Pick any character and describe the impacts.) Which statement do you believe to be more true for this novel and why:
"Envy lead to deceit."
"Deceit lead to envy." Purpose To analyze the role of deceit and envy in the novel The Great Gatsby, and how it was involved in the great "scheme of things" in the plot. Definitions Deceit - concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading
Envy - a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc. Sources Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New
York: Scribner, 2004. Print.